Hours after the NFL's Washington Redskins said they would "undergo a thorough review of the team’s name," Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians issued a statement indicating they will be performing a similar review of the franchise nickname.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality,” the team said in a statement Friday. “Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community.
“We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice.
"With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”
“While the focus of the baseball world shifts to the excitement of an unprecedented 2020 season, we recognize our unique place in the community and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city and all those who support our team."
Cleveland became the "Indians" in 1915, previously having been called the Blues, Bronchos and Naps since their founding in 1901.
Chief Wahoo, the Indians' longtime caricature of a mascot, was dropped as the primary logo after the 2013 season and was finally removed from the team's uniforms entirely in 2019.
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Contributing: Associated Press
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